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Marguerite M. Cunningham of Virginia Beach died Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. She was 82.
Wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, godmother, aunt, devout Roman Catholic of proud Sicilian heritage and friend. Our “little Italian yankee southern belle,” who was always laughing, always eclectic, fashionable and a lover of life. Our beloved has been taken from us.
She was born in New York City on Feb. 21, 1934, transplanted to Tidewater, and died in Virginia Beach.
She is survived by her devoted husband and childhood sweetheart for over 65 years, Edward Earl Cunningham; and their children, Dr. Deborah Cunningham Breede and her husband, Lenny; Edward Earl Cunningham Jr. and his wife, Tammy; John Thomas Cunningham and his wife, Kathy. Cherished by her grandchildren, Edward Earl Cunningham III, and his fiancée, Jessica Sevin; Brandon John Cunningham; Tyler Thomas Cunningham; and Kristen Yocum; she is also mourned by her sister, Joan Ferlauto Pape and her husband, Brian.
Marguerite, or “Megs” as most everyone knew her, was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Anthony Ferlauto and Melina Daraio Ferlauto; her parents-in-law, John Drummond Cunningham and Nell Cotton Cunningham; and a large extended family.
Megs had too many gifts, talents and extraordinary qualities to mention here, but many of them revolved around her commitment to friends and family; her delightful sense of adventure; her ability to make every person who came into her life feel as though they were her best friend; and her pride in all things she loved, most especially the life and home that she created with and for her adored Ed. She was a lauded hostess, a voracious reader, a singer, dancer and fashionista and a film buff and fierce trivia opponent. Her time on this earth was marked by a committed service to others, excitement at every turn and an unwavering sense of faith. She was our hero, our compass and our life.
Her last years were difficult, and made more bearable and comforting by the presence of people Megs could never thank in words but did so every day in spirit: the incredible, loving staff at The Memory Center; Jim Fedor of Holy Family Catholic Church; and her best friends for more than 60 years, Pat Harp and Violet Forrest and their husbands, Reno and Bob.
The family will receive visitors at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, 1264 N. Great Neck Rd., Virginia Beach, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. A Catholic sacramental Mass will be held at Church of the Holy Family Catholic Church, 1279 N. Great Neck Rd., Virginia Beach, at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, followed by interment at Princess Anne Memorial Park, 1110 N. Great Neck Rd. There will be a reception at the Broad Bay Country Club, 2120 Lords Landing, Virginia Beach, immediately following interment.
In lieu of flowers please make memorial donations in her name to The Norfolk Sports Club Scholarship Foundation.
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Goodbye Mama, Nanny, Friend! Goodbye Megs!